I stayed here exactly a year ago, and I waited this long because I wanted to see if my opinion might soften over time. It has not.
I asked to stay there a set number of days and of course was out the money when I opted to move out early. I hadn't paid ahead, but she argued she had reserved it for me. The place was empty except for one family from Germany, so I doubt it would have been rented, but that was fine. It was worth it to just pay the extra night and move out. However, I would warn that you keep track of all amounts you owe to the owner. While staying here, I did just that in a notebook, but then I wasn't outspoken enough to demand that amount. When it came time for me to move out, she quoted a fee which was much higher than I expected. I have no idea how she got that amount, but being in a strange place I hesitated to argue and look like a "cheap" American. I regrettably paid it and told myself that at least I was moving on to another place. Then I asked her to produce a receipt detailing the expenses (I ate no food there.). She asked if I had time for her to run home (a house or two away) so she could write the receipt. My taxi arrived about 30 minutes later, and she never returned.. which did not surprise me. The interesting thing is that I paid her the money (which if I remember was about $40usd too much), and after she walked away, a German family staying there said quietly to me, "We don't think we paid the correct amount the other night either." My advice is to keep track of what you owe there. Also, I would get my own taxi. While the gentleman was nice, the owner arranged it for a set price, and she insisted it was fine. I kept asking if they knew where they were going. They had absolutely no idea where I was going and we drove forever. However, they did not want to take me back and let me get my own taxi. I used it one time.
If you want a really nice hotel in Addis Ababa, I recommend the Hotel Astara. Unfortunately, I cannot find contact information for that hotel, but I have recommended it to others who were not disappointed. They knew someone in Addis who was able to go and get them reservations in person since I didn't have a phone number for it.
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